Friday Random 10: Traffic Edition

Pax Arcana

Here’s a bit of news to warm Perry Ellis’ heart on this cold, rainy Friday — while you might think an increase in bicyclists on the road would lead to increased accidents between bikes and cars, it’s actually quite the opposite:

“It’s a virtuous cycle,” says Dr Julie Hatfield. “The likelihood that an individual cyclist will be struck by a motorist falls with increasing rate of bicycling in a community. And the safer cycling is perceived to be, the more people are prepared to cycle.”

Researchers say the reason for this is that more bikers equals more visibility of bikers, which means drivers slow down and maybe, just this once, stop texting on the way to work.

The songs:

Honest Man — My Morning Jacket
California Stars — Wilco
16 Military Wives — The Decemberists
We Are All Accelerated Readers — Los Campesinos
Knives, Snakes, and Mesquite — The Bowerbirds
Narcolepsy — Ben Folds Five
Born at the Right Time — Paul Simon
Electioneering — Radiohead
Dear Prudence — The Beatles
Open All Night — Bruce Springsteen

Bonus Video:

I Go Chop Your Dollar — Osuofia (This, and I am not kidding, is a Nigerian pop song about those awful Nigerian email scams. It’s a huge hit, by the way.)

The Rules: The Friday Random 10 is exactly that — random. We open up our iTunes, set the thing on shuffle, and listen to 10 songs. We are not permitted to skip any out of embarrassment or fear of redundancy. Commenters are encouraged to post their own.



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5 responses to “Friday Random 10: Traffic Edition

  1. Perry Ellis

    Perry Ellis’s Friday Random 10: Paternity Leave is Over, U2 edition:

    1 – All Your Way, Morphine
    2 – Opal Moon, Merrie Amsterburg
    3 – Tongue, R.E.M.
    4 – The Blood Is Love, Queens Of The Stone Age
    5 – Mysterious Ways, U2
    6 – A Man and a Woman, U2
    7 – Love Is Blindness, U2
    8 – Be My Girl-Sally, The Police
    9 – If I Was A Dancer, The Rolling Stones
    10 – Give It Away, Red Hot Chili Peppers

    I’m back, bitches.

  2. Birch

    Am I one of the only people left who likes to ride his bike without a helmet? When I was 10 years old, I would take my bike off dangerous jumps with no regard for safety…just like every other 10 year old…and mom didn’t seem to mind. I’m starting a facebook group…

    The Octopus Project – queen
    The Sea and Cake – sending
    Black Sabbath – the wizard
    Duster – echo, bravo
    Rachel’s – esperanza
    Yo La Tengo – green arrow
    Husky Rescue – rainbow flows
    Husker Du – I’ll never forget you
    Thievery Corporation – sound the alarm
    Buffalo Tom – september shirt

  3. Coach Football

    1. La Costa Brava–Ted Leo
    2. 7/4–Broken Social Scene
    3. Surrender–Cheap Trick
    4. A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays–De La Soul
    5. So Sad About Us–Who
    6. Clinically Dead–Chan Van Gaalen
    7. All the Young Dudes–Mott the Hoople
    8. The Way Young Lovers Do–Van Morrison9
    9. You Don’t Know Like I Know–Sam and Dave
    10. Rez–Underworld

  4. Coach Football

    By the way, what’s I-Tunes?

  5. It’s like H-Tunes, only one better.

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